HAYWARD, Wis. -- Stanley Strainis Jr., 77, of Hayward passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Golden Living, Valley of Hayward Nursing Home with his family by his side.

Stan was born July 22, 1939, the first of three sons of Stanley and Helen (Krebs) Strainis in Springfield, Ill. He was raised in Riverton, Ill., on the family farm and was an excellent baseball player while attending school. After graduating from high school he was extremely proud to sign a contract with the N.Y. Yankees to join their farm club. After some time with the Yankees he returned to Springfield, where he was joined in marriage to Carol Jaenicke Nov. 19, 1960. He attended Springfield Junior College and then Illinois State University-Normal. He graduated in 1964 with a major in biology and teaching.